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The Jewelry Insider

November 10, 2008

Merideth Vieira opened her mouth and inserted her proverbial foot this morning by inadvertently referencing co-anchor Matt Lauer’s rocky love life on the air.

Vieira and Lauer were discussing a new report about marriage that outlines the ‘right’ time in a person’s life to take that walk down the aisle. Vieira mentioned that she married in her 30s, then asked Lauer when he took the plunge. Since Lauer’s first marriage to TV producer, Nancy Alspaugh, ended in divorce after seven years, and his rocky second marriage to Annette Rogue has been the source of tabloid fodder for years, Matt was obviously not eager to dwell on the subject.

But dwell on it Merideth did. While Lauer tried to move on, a red-faced Vieira wouldn’t drop the misstep and kept apologizing while the camera guys snickered in the background.

Poor Matt.

The second Mrs. Lauer served him with divorce papers in 2006 but withdrew them a month later. But that sneaky Star Magazine noticed the leggy model without her wedding ring this spring, stirring up the split rumor mill yet again.

Yet the troubled twosome is still hanging in there, so we’re guessing the wedding bling is back where it belongs.

Click here if you’re up to watching the cringe-worthy footage. In the meantime, Matt and Merideth just have to make nice and live happily ever after. I’m still dealing with my Katie Couric abandonment issues…

The Jewelry Insider

June 27, 2008





The Today Show’s “Race to the Altar” wedding on Wednesday featured no small amount of bling. The beautiful bride, LaDonna Bradford sparkled in $1 million dollars worth of platinum and diamond jewelry by Kwiat when she wed Darnell Suggs.

LaDonna choose a necklace featuring a whopping 50 carats (hey – why not), a 20 carat diamond bracelet, and a pair of classic platinum and 10-carat stud earrings. That’s a total of 80 carats of diamonds – not including the rings themselves. To symbolize their official commitment, the couple also exchanged platinum wedding bands by Kwiat. In all, the blinging bride wore $1 million dollars of Kwiat diamonds.

The platinum rings, from Kwiat’s new bridal collection “Fidelity,” feature two individual bands of pure Platinum running parallel to each other to symbolize the couple’s intersecting love.